Japanese Language Tutor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Language Centre), Suzhou, China (11/1)

Applications are invited for Japanese language teaching positions in the Language Centre at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Candidates are sought for a November/December 2018 start date. 


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Japanese Language Tutor (XJTLU Language Centre)

Applications are invited for Japanese language teaching positions in the Language Centre (LC) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Candidates are sought for a November/December 2018 start date. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.

Why work for the Language Centre at XJTLU?

We are a growing and dynamic, international centre, currently with over 180 full-time teaching staff from 12 different countries involved in the teaching of English, Chinese, and Spanish. This academic year (2018 – 2019) we are expanding our language provision through the addition of Japanese. There will be opportunities for Japanese language tutors to be involved in a range of different types of delivery, including:

• Compulsory credit-bearing Japanese language modules on the university’s “BA International Business with a Language” degree programme, which allows students to study Japanese continuously through their degree up to CEFR B2 level 
• Optional credit-bearing Japanese language modules available to undergraduate students
• Out-of-class Japanese language support activities
As we expand the Japanese language offering at XJTLU we would also look to offer the following in future:
• Japanese language courses that are an optional component of postgraduate degrees
• Coordination of content for an overseas summer Japanese immersion programme in Japan

There will also be the opportunity for a member of the Japanese teaching team to take on a managerial role with responsibility for the coordination and leadership of the Japanese teaching programmes. Additionally, there are opportunities for all staff to develop their careers by taking on wider managerial and administrative roles, as well as by contributing to both LC and university-level committees. All managerial, administrative and committee roles are appointed to on a fixed-term basis, thus providing all staff members with a range of options to take on responsibilities in areas that interest them. 

Further to the above, both the centre and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of LC teaching staff. At the university level, new staff are enrolled free-of-charge on a University of Liverpool certificate or postgraduate certificate programme, completion of which leads to fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). The LC also holds regular professional development events. While the LC is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, funding is available for staff to present at conferences that are relevant to the work of the centre, provided that this does not interfere with teaching duties.


XJTLU is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK and Chinese accredited undergraduate degrees. Following its opening in 2006, the first cohort of undergraduate XJTLU students graduated in August 2010. The university now has over 13,000 registered undergraduate and postgraduate students, and this number is set to grow further in the coming years.

About Suzhou

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 80km from Shanghai and connected by high speed rail and road links. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. It has experienced economic growth rates of over 30% for more than a decade. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town a major World Heritage Site. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and SIP offers a high quality of life. 

Salary and conditions

The salary range for the positions is 16,043 – 32,412 RMB/month depending on qualifications and experience, with higher salary levels available through internal promotion. In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses.

Position requirements

Successful applicants should be educated to Master’s degree level in a relevant area (e.g. Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language), and should have at least two years of post-master’s relevant teaching experience, preferably at university level. Additionally, applicants should have a good standard of written and spoken English, as this is the working language of the university. 
We are particularly interested in receiving applications from teachers with experience of setting up Japanese teaching programmes or being involved with the establishment of Japanese programmes at an early stage of their development. Applicants who can demonstrate an interest in either or both of the following areas: Technology Enhanced Learning; Assessment, syllabus and materials design are also particularly welcome.

Please note that all non-Chinese appointments are subject to candidates meeting local visa requirements.

Applications and further enquiries

To apply, please visit our website at http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn to submit an online application. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the LC Deputy Director responsible for Japanese language provision, Jon Ford (jon.ford@xjtlu.edu.cn), or to the LC Director, Chris Macallister (chris.macallister@xjtlu.edu.cn), or to the LC Modern Languages Manager, Xuanying Shen (xuanying.shen@xjtlu.edu.cn). 

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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